Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June brought news of Apple’s 8th major release of iOS, Apple’s mobiles operating system. iOS 8 should include improvements to Siri, revamped notifications, and a new health application among other features and improvements. With the release of iOS 8 coming close we have some tips to help the upgrade process go smoothly.

Is My Device Compatible?

If you still have an original iPad or maybe even an iPhone 4 or earlier it is about that time that you should consider upgrading to a new device. The majority of Apple’s mobile devices will be supported but some of the older models will not have support for iOS 8. Below is a graphic that contains the devices that were confirmed by Apple to be compatible with iOS 8.

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Making Sure Your Device Has Enough Free Space

Apple’s iOS 7 update package was just about 700 megabytes depending on which Apple device you have, however the actual free space required for the update was a minimum of 3 gigabytes in order to install the update. iOS should have similar if note larger space requirements which means you should check how much free space your device has and consider removing unused files and applications.

My recommendation would be to delete any and all unused apps by pressing and holding the apps icon and clicking the small “X” that appears on its icon. Another suggestion is to move your photos off of your iOS device using Apple’s built in “iCloud” service which provides 5 gigabytes of storage for free. Alternatively, you can move movies and pictures to your computer as well.

To copy files from your iOS device to your Mac you should use iPhoto to import all or select photos to your Mac. For PC’s, you should go to “My Computer” as found in Windows explorer and select your iOS devices under the “Portable Devices” section of “My Computer” from there you will then click on the folder labeled “DCIM” and simply drag and drop the photos or videos you wish to transfer to your PC.

To check remaining free space on your iOS device, open “Settings” then click “General” and select “Usage”.

Making Sure Your Current iOS is Up to Date

It is important to note that in order to upgrade to iOS 8 the latest version of iOS 7 must  first be installed. Checking for updates can be accomplished by accessing “Settings” then “General” and the select “Software Update”. Also, check the “App Store” for any applicable updates for applications you have installed.

Just In Case, Make A Backup

Although it is highly unlikely you will run into issues updating your device to iOS 8 it is wise to make a backup of your iOS device using iTunes. In order to create a backup, plug your iOS device into your PC or Mac and select the name of your device. There should be an option to manually backup your iOS device as shown below. Additionally you can set your iOS device to automatically backup wither to your computer when it is plugged in or to iCloud.

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Additional Advice

As was seen in the update to iOS 7 some of the older devices have a hard time initially with new software updates. It is in your best interest if you own an iPhone 4S or an iPad 2 to wait at least a few weeks for Apple to release their first update to iOS 8 because you will note be able to downgrade even if you are having issues with your iOS device. If you have any issues with your iOS device check out cell phone repair in Schaumburg. Also, check out Apple’s iOS 8 information page at Apple iOS8 Information.

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Source: CNET